Experienced manager and supervisor providing strong leadership and management over programs and staff resources to ensure goals, strategic initiatives and priorities are achieved. Established statewide policies, implemented workflow process improvements and allocated budgeted resources for immediate and long-term organizational goals and objectives.
Strong leadership skills in motivating and establishing high-performance teams, work units and staff.
Experienced with a record of accomplishment for leading organizational change and overcoming challenges to produce results while motivating diverse groups of people.
Comprehensive ability to gain understanding of federal and state laws and regulations, public records, law requirements and an understanding of Lean and other continuous improvement methodologies.
Collaborative working relationships with project and team stakeholders, executive leadership, state and local governments and non-profit organizations.
Demonstrated abilities to communicate and present financial, legal and technical information to various audiences and stakeholders.
Associate Internal Auditor (Knoxville)
(University of Tennessee) October 2018 - Present
Performs audits focused on internal controls, fraud prevention and detection, and effectiveness and efficiency of University of Tennessee system-wide programs in conformance with Office of Audit & Compliance (OAC) policies and Institute of Internal Auditors' (IIA) International Standards.
Conducted audits of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) extension programs.
Conducted comprehensive audit of the University Chancellor travel and entertainment expenses.
Performed comprehensive audit of UTIA Lone Oaks Farm.
Assisted on the annual University Effort Certification audit.
Agency Fiscal Monitoring Unit Manager and Contract Work (Olympia-Tennessee)
(Washington State Department of Health) Aug. 2014 – Jan. 2019
Established and led centralized Fiscal Monitoring Unit (FMU) utilizing two professional staff and 200 indirect program staff at the Washington State Department of Health. As a Pass-through awarding agency of over half billion dollars of Federal Grant Funding monitored subrecipients for subaward contract terms and conditions and compliance with applicable Federal and State regulations, which includes OMB Circular 2 CFR 200.
Created the statewide strategy, vision and policies for conducting desk reviews and onsite fiscal monitoring visits to conform with the newly enacted OMB Federal Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200.
Developed scope of work through a monitoring tool both for desk and onsite monitoring reviews.
Staffed, developed and trained three agency Fiscal Monitoring Specialist positions.
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Transitioned all agency site visits from a Certified Public Accountant to in-house visits being conducted by FMU staff.
Conducted over 75 annual on-site compliance reviews of Department of Health sub-recipients.
Developed and provided fiscal monitoring tools, resources and trainings to agency and subrecipient personnel. Continued to contract with Agency after moving to Tennessee periodically until January 2019.
Washington State Auditor’s Office April 1993 – July 2014
Audit Supervisor – Local Gov’t Support Team (Olympia)
(Washington State Auditor’s Office) June 2011 - July 2014
Provided oversight and review of audit reports, along with conducting and supervising audit assessments of school districts and other local governments; coordinated quarterly and annual reports and managed a wide variety of special projects.
Conducted and supervised over a hundred local government assessment audits.
Reviewed all agency audit reports for accuracy and compliance with agency and generally accepted auditing standards.
Provided statewide training to assessment districts on the report preparation and audit process.
Developed assessment questionnaire to be used by applicable districts to assess entity controls and accuracy of financial data.
Operations and Admin Manager over State, Local and Performance Audit (Olympia)
(Washington State Auditor’s Office) Aug. 2006 – May 2011
Promoted to oversee the day to day operations of while supervising three administrative staff. Played a key role in identifying, developing, and monitoring all areas of operations due to the passing of Initiative 900 which granted the Auditor's Office authority to perform performance audits. Acted as the primary liaison and troubleshooter between audit managers and staff and the administrative teams, such as Information Services, Human Resources and Financial Services in issues directly related to State, Local and Performance Audit.
Developed and managed the performance audit division operations plan.
Developed and implemented several policies and procedures for new agency Performance Audit function.
Monitored and managed statewide administrative budgets, formal employee recognition, training, file encryption and backup.
Reviewed and approved all lodging, timesheet and sick leave requests for the audit managers.
Gathered and shared several data requests for the Legislature, and agency Executive Management
Human Resources Lead over Agency Recruitment and Retention (Olympia)
(Washington State Auditor’s Office) May 2001 – Sept. 2006
Promoted to oversee the agency recruitment program and day to day operations with recruitment staff. Served as the primary contact with the Washington State Department of Personnel to develop and enhance agency systems in conformance with newly enacted statewide Civil Service Reform legislation (Our team received the agency “Extra Mile Award” for this work).
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Developed and agency application and list process as a result of the Civil Service Reform Act.
Developed agency-wide exit interview program and gathered and reported data to Executive Management.
Served as backup to the agency Director of Human Resources.
Conducted 360-degree staff interviews with audit teams throughout the state, summarized the data and reported trends, results and solutions to Executive Management.
Statewide Assistant Audit Manager – School Programs (Olympia)
(Washington State Auditor’s Office) June 1998 – April 2001
Promoted to develop a new team of 3 to 5 K-12 Audit Resolution and Special Education Specialists per new million-dollar biennial appropriation from the Washington State Legislature. For this work the School Programs team received the annual SAO “Outstanding Team Award”.
Assisted in the design of audit approach, performing analysis of state-wide data for use in determining the selection of school districts for K-12 and Special Education audits statewide.
Performed review of draft audit reports and work papers to verify the sufficiency of evidence supporting conclusions and recommendations.
Assisted in hiring, training and mentoring all Audit Specialist positions.
Communicated results to Districts, OSPI and representatives of the Washington State Legislature.
Assistant State Auditor – King County Region (Seattle)
(Washington State Auditor’s Office) April 1993 – May 1998
Served as Auditor-In-Charge for some of the largest local government entities in the State of Washington.
Conducted Financial, Single and Compliance audits in conformance with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS).
Conducted audit tests and procedures to obtain sufficient, competent and relevant evidence to support opinions on compliance with applicable federal, state and local statutes.
Prepared written formal opinions which were required to meet national audit and reporting standards.
At the conclusion presented audit results to entity management and appropriate elected officials.
Central Washington University
Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) - Business Administration and Accounting
Certified Grants Management Specialist (Pass-thru Track)
Management Concepts Incorporated
LEAN Sigma Six Certification
State of Washington